New York Mayor Proposes Paid Personal Time Measure


Mayor Bill de Blasio called on the City Council Wednesday to pass a bill that would grant two weeks of paid time off a year for workers at businesses with five or more employees.

"Workers in New York City already earn up to a week of paid time off. In this city, we're going to make that a reality", he said Tuesday.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will pursue local legislation that would require private employers with five or more employees to offer 10 annual days of paid personal time, allowing employees to take paid time off for any objective.

"New York City has the opportunity to do something historic here", said de Blasio.

Currently, no USA city or state, or the federal government, requires firms to offer paid leave - making the U.S. unique among developed countries. As the New York Post reported, the bill was introduced by Council Member Ben Kallos, who represents parts of Manhattan, but also now chairs the Council's Land Use Subcommittee on Planning Dispositions and Concessions, which has oversight over the sale or lease of city-owned land to developers.

They were among a number of councilmembers who said that now that the mayor, the council speaker and most of the council are mostly in accord on the mayor's agenda, it's likely to become law this year.

The mayor first highlighted some wins from 2018, reiterating how homicides dropped to the lowest numbers seen since 1951 and how the NYPD made 140,000 fewer arrests in 2018 compared to 2014, the year de Blasio took office.